Maine Theater Fund

Total grant dollars requested last cycle: $179,445
Total grant dollars awarded last cycle: $73,400
Percentage of proposals that received full funding: 63%
Percentage of proposals that received partial funding: 37%
Maximum grant size: $5,000 (larger grants will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
Average grant size last cycle: $3,863

Application deadline: September 15

Recent Grants from the Maine Theater Fund

Photo: Figures of Speech Theatre received a 2015 Maine Theater Fund grant to help support "the little match girl passion," a theatrical setting of contemporary American composer David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece. Photo courtesy Figures of Speech Theatre.

General Information

Recognizing the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts, in 2005 an anonymous couple established the Maine Theater Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000, although larger awards may be considered.

The Maine Theater Fund is designed to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. Theaters whose main purpose is to present social messaging and/or health and wellness education will not be considered for funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals for funding will be accepted from local, regional and statewide nonprofit theaters or theater groups in Maine whose primary purpose is the production of live theater. Funds will be awarded for programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support.

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Complete the online grant application by clicking the link in the Grant Application box at the top right hand corner of this page.

Please mail a list of the productions from either the prior or current season and their respective audience numbers. Limited supporting information about the project is welcome. Send this information to:

Maine Theater Fund
Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. September 15. Awards will be announced in late November. All applicants will receive notice of the committee's decisions.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients are required to submit a Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Reports are submitted through the online system. Select the Online Grant Application tab at the top of the web page and log into your account to access the form. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed.


If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea before submitting a proposal, please contact Cathy Melio via e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-2002.